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Archive: Dec 2007

  • The Modern Teamsters

    Posted on Dec 28, 2007 by Bret Jacobson

    We told you yesterday about one of the latest elections losses — and an embarrassing one at that — for the Teamsters. Now we find video, courtesy of the Union News Blog, of video showing Teamsters members behaving … um … less than professionally. Bonus: see if you can spot intimidation of replacement workers! (Here’s […]

  • Plot Not Unfolding Well in Writers’ Strike

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    Employer Report writes on the writers’ strike: For those who are paying attention to this (yawn) labor dispute, you are witnessing first-hand how little solidarity means to today’s union movement … Click over to get the full story. And this recent Get Fuzzy comic strip may amuse you, or it may be another sign that […]

  • It’s Not You … and It’s Not Me

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    The Teamsters have been fighting an embarrassing battle against its United Food and Commercial Workers brethren for rights to collect dues from employees of FreshDirect, a New York City grocery novelty. So who won the big vote? Neither! According to a UFCW website: FreshDirect workers voted against joining a union, but the United Food and […]

  • Intimidation During Secret Ballot Elections … by Unions!

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    There’s this interesting tidbit, which weakens the union case of employer intimidation during secret ballot elections: After a lengthy trial, on November 30, 2007, the NLRB Judge ruled that the Union engaged in physical and verbally threatening conduct against pro-Hospital employees. The Judge also found that a Union representative had improperly offered a bribe to […]

  • A Broad Base of Support … or Something Like That

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    Union member dues dollars are funding a new 527 ad in Iowa. Most notable is how prominent SEIU is in funding the group — as in providing almost all of the money (with a token from UNITE HERE officials). From MSNBC’s First Read: The group, Alliance for a New America, is funded mostly by local […]

  • Corrupt Is AZ Corrupt Does

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    We wanted to be sure to draw your attention to a recent op-ed in the East Valley Tribune from the Center for Union Facts offering some perspective on the lawsuit by an Arizona grocery chain against a union attacking the company. Basha’s, a local family-owned firm, has been in the crosshairs of the United Food […]

  • “Some workplace trends for 2008”

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    No surprise here: •Expect any substantive workplace regulatory changes to be put on hold pending the outcome of the presidential election. There’s not likely to be the political will to do anything but possibly a minor adjustment to the Family and Medical Leave Act. But, if and when a Democrat takes the White House, expect […]